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Iraq / Mosque Car Bombing / Reaction #737254

CNN Evening News for Sunday, Aug 31, 2003
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(Studio: Andrea Koppel & Mike Brooks) The massive funeral procession for cleric Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim††, who was killed in Friday’s car bombing at a mosque in Najaf, Iraq, noted; scenes shown. The FBI’s role in the mosque bombing investigation, how the fact that the mosque is a holy site will affect the investigation, and other investigations the FBI is currently working on discussed.

(White House: John King) The reaction of political leaders to the mosque attack featured; details given of charges that the administration underestimated the security challenge in Iraq & has been too slow in getting other nations to help; scenes shown of President & Laura Bush leaving church; statements to the “Washington Post” from Senator John McCain & Iraqi governing council member Ahmad Chalabi†† quoted. [Senator Joseph LIEBERMAN†- says the Bush administration is in danger of losing in peace what we won in war.] [Senator John KERRY – comments on sharing authority with other countries.] [Russian President Vladimir PUTIN† {thru translator} – says a U.N. resolution is possible if the U.N. can play a serious role in the reconstruction of Iraq.]

&, Andrea Koppel;
King, John

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